Mozilla has officially given up on Firefox OS and will stop work on the mobile operating system after the version 2.6 release. The group had earlier announced that it was pulling the plug on all Firefox OS based smartphones; and this looks to be the final nail in the coffin for the failed experiment.
Antutu, the popular cross-platform mobile benchmarking app, has published its “2015 Global Top 10 Best Performance Smartphones” chart. Although there were a couple of devices on the chart we’ve already expected to see, it’s quite surprising that the iPhone 6s Plus almost has a 40,000 point lead on the competition.
Last year, a company called Jide came up with the Remix Ultra Tablet, which took design cues from Microsoft’s Surface and put a touch of its own version of Android in it. Called the “Remix OS”, Jide has unveiled that it is now available for free, and can be used on almost any PC.
And just like that, another year has passed. Nothing much has changed in the world of tech…except for a lot of things. Samsung remembered how to make great smartphones again, while Apple boldly went where no smartphone colour has gone before. Outside of the mobile industry, there were some impressive showings from the previously slumbering Microsoft too (among others). Let’s take a look back at the year that’s been, and pick the highlights just as you have voted. We’ll be publishing the results of the Community Choice Awards tomorrow, so stay tuned!
Currently, Windows 10 has surpassed 200 million installations across various devices. This comes as no surprise since Windows has been offering free upgrades to Windows 10 for users that are still on Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. Barely two months ago, it was reported that Windows 10 had already reached the 100 million installations mark. That says a lot about the operating system.
Four years ago, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu OS, said that the operating system would reach 200 million users by 2015. Sadly, four years is almost up and it seems like Ubuntu’s goals were unfortunately overestimated. Ubuntu is a Linux distribution which is catered for smartphones and personal computers.
According to research firm Nielsen, Facebook is once again the number one app installed on U.S. smartphones. The app has 126,702,000 average unique users, while YouTube only has 97,627,000 users, granting it a firm second place. These apps do show an increased number of users each year, but it is the Facebook Messenger app that has the highest year-over-year growth of 31%.
Mozilla has finally laid the underperforming Firefox OS to rest. The company announced that it will stop developing and selling Firefox OS based phones at its developer conference yesterday. However, this isn’t the end of the grand experiment; and Mozilla still says that it will continue to work on more connected devices.